HDC Behaviour,  run by experienced animal behaviour consultant Susan Gammage, horses_3 provides a compassionate, scientific-based service to help owners who have problems with horse behaviour.

Horse Behaviour Problems

Horses can develop behavioural problems for many reasons. By understanding how horses live in the wild, we can see that the different ways we keep our horses can impact on their behaviour.horses_1

From an understanding of how horses learn we can see how various training methods can change the way a horse behaves. With this understanding we can then choose the best method to use with our horses.

Horse behaviour problems include bucking, rearing, pacing, spooking, napping, difficulty loading pick up feet, fear of tack, problems leading, catching, aggression, biting, separation anxiety, fearfulness, reluctance to jump, or even just help settling an horse in to a new yard.

Contact us to discuss your horse’s behavioural problem, and a positive way forward for you and your horse.


Horse Behaviour Consultation
Once you have contacted us to discuss your horse’s behaviour, we will obtain a veterinary referral.

  • We will visit your horse at the yard where they are kept.
  • Initial consultations last for between one and two hours.
  • For safety reasons we do not require a display of the behavioural problem.
  • Your horse needs to be in safe environment for the consultation.
  • The known history of the horse, the horses daily routine, and a description of the behaviour plus events surrounding the problem will be taken to provide a prognosis.
  • An individual behavioural programme is agreed upon between the behaviourist and the client for a way forward to solving the problem.

Details of the behaviour modification programmes will be sent to the referring vet.

Consultation Rates

Initial Consultation: £95
Follow-up Consultations: £65
Travel: 40p per mile from TN7 4EA

Full behaviour report, on request £50

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Susan Gammage Equine Behaviourist shared Priory Equine Vets's post. ...

Spring is in the air! Along with the daffodils, sycamore saplings have also started to rear their heads. The toxin, Hypoglycin-A, which can cause Seasonal (Atypical) Myopathy can be found within the saplings. Prevention is always better than cure, so we would advise you to check your fields and remove where possible. It is also advisable to provide extra forage (hay or haylage) especially where pasture is poor or grazing is tight and to try to reducing stocking density so there is plenty of good grazing for every horse. Ensure the horses have access to fresh drinking water and aren’t drinking from streams or ponds under trees. If you would like any advice- then do please call the practice 01737 242190 If your horses show any symptoms such as Muscle weakness, Breathing difficulties, Heart problems or Colic like pain then call immediately, without delay.

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BHS FELLOWS RELEASE STATEMENT ABOUT HEAD AND NECK POSITION OF THE RIDDEN HORSE ”Horses who are repeatedly restricted by being worked clearly behind the vertical, either ridden or on the lunge, often with a very shortened and low position of the neck and with little relationship to the way the horse works as a whole, by people ignorant of the physical and mental damage caused ARE BEING TRAINED IN AN UNACCEPTABLE MANNER THAT SHOULD BE CONDEMNED BY ALL EQUINE SPORTS NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES. These horses are frequently unhappy and tense, working with an unnatural way of going that produces physical stress and damage resulting in a shortened useful life. Judges, stewards and other officials receive training towards being able to clearly understand the correct training of horses. The Fellows of the British Horse Society would encourage all governing bodies to include LDR and it’s implications in all future seminars."